New York (AP) —A few years ago, despite Katie Taylor having to pretend to be a boy to box, or a resume that made millions of dollars if Amanda Serrano was a man. When fighting for thousands of dollars, it’s difficult to imagine where both female boxers meet today.
The two will be squared on Saturday night, which is said to be the biggest battle in the history of women’s boxing, the first to decorate the show’s headline at Madison Square Garden. Four undefeated Taylor’s lightweight titles are at stake, but the battle is more than just a title.RELATED
It has grown far beyond promoter expectations, could be sold out at the stands, and the Empire State Building is lit in the national colors of both fighters, attracting unprecedented media attention in women’s games. increase. Stakeholders ensure that this indicates that the genre is the least if the best people face each other, with the support of proper promotion.
“Women’s boxing wasn’t even a licensed sport in Ireland,” Taylor said. “Now here we are starring in a show at Madison Square Garden, the most iconic venue for boxing, and we’re building the history of the biggest battle in women’s boxing history. It’s great.”
Taylor (20-6, 6 KO) won the garden in 2019 and became the undisputed champion. Meanwhile, Serrano (42-1-1, 30 KO) is a champion in seven divisions, surpassing two categories in this battle. He participated in the string at the Hulu Theater in MSG, but not in the main arena.
Initially, the organizers were thinking of hosting the match in a full theater, but after deciding that the match was suitable for the main arena, they planned to set it up for about 10,000 spectators. After the tickets were sold out, they had to make more places available. With over 15,000 tickets sold, many Irish fans travel to support the 2012 Olympic champions.
According to bookmaker Fanduel Sportsbook, Serrano, a little favorite Puerto Rican who lives in Brooklyn, has even more support.
“I can’t wait to show on Saturday that this opportunity, these spotlights, and everything they represent deserves,” Serrano said.
Promoter Eddie Hearn sees this battle as the culmination of Taylor’s mission. She didn’t use her name because she wore a mask to get in and out of the gym to hide her appearance and she wasn’t allowed among Irish women when she started boxing. bottom. According to Hahn, it was she who worked with the International Olympic Committee to make women’s boxing a medal sport, and when she turned professional, she was always looking for a bigger event.
“When Katie set foot in my office six years ago, we dreamed.” One day you’ll be the star of Madison Square Garden and you’ll make millions of dollars, “he always says. Was there. I just kept saying, “Hahn said. “And I’m here.”
Despite his decorated career, Serrano earned a $ 5,000 or $ 10,000 purse not long ago, according to his promoter Jake Paul. But when they made dumbbells, Youtubers, boxers, and promoters started adding it to his features and raised the financial chart as easily as changing the weight category.
Sports pioneers such as tennis player Billie Jean King, boxer Lyra Ali, and Christie Marine participated in the promotion. Ali’s father starred in the most memorable battle at Madison Square Garden, where Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali in the first battle of 1971.
Now it’s time for Taylor and Serrano to write another chapter in boxing in this area.
“No matter what happens on Saturday night, I think the real winners are fans, women in general, and women’s boxing sports, because they will only grow,” Serrano said.